Exodus 3: Moses has a psychotic vision


So there is Moses, minding his own business, minding the sheep of Jethro (his father in law) when all of a sudden, a bush bursts into flames. Moses wants to look but God (the burning bush) tells him not to and to take off his shoes. God then tells Moses that he intends to deliver the Israelits out of Egypt and give them the land of Canaan, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites Hivites and the Jebusites, Oh, and by the way – the land will flow with Milk and Honey. So Moses should go and tell all the elders about it so they can be ready. Moses says, uh, one problem; they aren’t going to believe me. No problem says God, tell them my name is I AM and they will believe you. Once you have them all together, go as a group and ask Pharaoh to let you go and make sacrifice to me for three days up here on the mountain. Pharaoh won’t let you go so I will smite them. When you are finally allowed to go, make sure to steal all the wealth from your Egyptian friends before you go.

In other words:

Moses sees and hears a vision of god which involves flames and a plan to free the Israelites, which Moses is pretty skeptical about.

What I think really happened:

Moses is starting to have hallucinations and has schizophrenia or a related mental health issue. It does run in his family after all.

Favorite bit:

Exodus 3:13 Moses tells god – this isn’t going to work, no one is going to believe me.

Most annoying bit:

Exodus 3:18-22) Let me get this straight. God is going to deliver the Israelit’s from Egypt, but first, he has to make everyone suffer a great deal because Pharaoh has to say no so that I AM can smite them. And while we are at it, why exactly do the Israelites need to steal the wealth of their Egyptian friends?

Most interesting bit:

That Moses is skeptical of the plan, but not skeptical of the fact a burning bush is talking to him.

Moral Lesson Learned:

It is permissible to argue with God if God has a really stupid idea. (Exodus: 3:14)

Other moral lesson learned:

When confronted by a burning talking bush – it is perfectly ok to be skeptical. In fact, it’s preferable to question whether you are really experiencing what you seem to be experiencing.